Butler, Warren counties now at ‘high’ community COVID-19 level

Butler, Warren counties now at ‘high’ community COVID-19 level

As the number of cases rises across the state, the CDC is labeling more southwest Ohio counties as having “high” COVID community levels, including Butler, Hamilton and Warren.

The CDC considers the number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 individuals in the past week, as well as the percentage of new COVID hospital admissions and staff inpatient hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients, when estimating the community level. Is.

“High” means a county has more than 200 cases per 100,000 people, more than 10 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, and COVID patients account for more than 10% of the county’s staff inpatient beds.

According to CDC data, there was a 16 percent increase in new hospital admissions in Butler County, while there was only a 2 percent increase in weekly coronavirus incidents.

According to Erin Smiley, director of health promotion for the General Health District of Butler County, a high COVID community level, “…indicates the amount of COVID-19 spreading in the community and increased stress on our health care systems through increased safety measures.” demand.”

“Our first suggestion is to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which makes someone less likely to have serious problems that could result in hospitalization or death,” said Smiley, inside The Mask. Wearing is also recommended.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, about 58.6 percent of the state is fully vaccinated. With the exception of Warren County, where about 64.56 percent of residents are fully immunized, much of the Miami Valley is well below the state average.

Vaccination rates range across the region, ranging from 38.37 percent in Darke and Miami counties to 51.36 percent and 56.79 percent in Clark and Butler counties, respectively. Montgomery and Green counties, which have maintained high community levels, had vaccination rates of 55.55 percent and 55.41 percent, respectively.

Green and Montgomery counties were once the only two local counties with high community levels. However, according to the current CDC report, Hamilton has been elevated to a higher level, along with Butler, Clark, Champagne, Darke, Miami, Preble and Warren counties.
The Ohio Department of Health said Thursday that 26,610 cases were added to the state’s total last week. Ohio has reported more than 20,000 cases for the second week in a row.

More than 99 percent of Ohio’s cases were attributed to four different Omicron variants in the most current type of data from June 19 to July 2. According to ODH, Omicron BA.5 accounted for 45.8 percent of cases, followed by Omicron BA.2.12.1. , which accounts for 31.3 percent of the cases. Omicron BA.2 and omicron BA.4 were responsible for 11.64 percent and 10.69 percent of cases, respectively.

To determine variation, Ohio employs genomic sequencing, which can only be conducted on PCR testing with a high enough viral load.

According to the Ohio Hospital Association, the number of COVID hospital patients increased by 13% over the past week across the state, with west central Ohio seeing a 32% increase and southwest Ohio up 4%. As of Thursday, there were 1,166 patients hospitalized with COVID in Ohio.

About 42 percent of counties across the US have high COVID community levels, up from 6.5 percent last week. Today, 37.6 percent of counties have a moderate community level, while 20.4 percent have a low community level.

People who come into close contact with someone at high risk for serious illness may consider self-testing or wearing a mask when they are indoors.counties

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